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Publican bound over for attack on wife

Common assault charge withdrawn

A court’s heard a Douglas publican grabbed his partner by the throat, telling her "I’ll strangle you".

Forty-three-year-old Ian Newton, who runs the Bowling Green Hotel on Derby Road appeared at Douglas courthouse this week.

Magistrates heard he'd become aggressive after his partner returned home from Tesco on 13 February and complained about a van blocking the pub’s back door.

Later, she worked a shift behind the bar and went upstairs to watch TV, when Newton turned violent.

Rebecca Cubbon, prosecuting, said Newton’s wife had called police in the early hours of 14 February when he grabbed her by the throat.

When officers arrived, they noticed she was drunk – being unsteady on her feet and smelling of alcohol.

She later withdrew her complaint, and a charge of common assault was withdrawn.

After hearing he'd admitted to police that he'd grabbed his partner by the throat and threatened her, magistrates bound him over in the sum of £500 to keep the peace for a year.

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